Pet Tales: Dasti the Drug Sniffin’ K-9

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Dasti, a 92-pound German Shepherd, was only 18-months old when he met Officer John Wayne Valdez and began serving as a drug-sniffing dog in the K9 unit of Nacogdoches, Texas. Now, at four years old, Dasti is a valued member of the police force and community.

As a hard worker and devoted canine, Dasti spends his days sniffing lockers at local schools for drug paraphernalia, helping to educate students about the dangers of drugs, and working with the local highway patrol. During his time off, Dasti enjoys snacking on rawhide and playing with his basketball.

Though Dasti receives many compliments about his physique, beautiful hair and incredible amount of energy, he is far from vain. Officer Valdez makes sure Dasti maintains these attributes by feeding him Precise Holistic Complete Large Breed Adult formula for every meal. Officer Valdez insists Precise Plus makes Dasti’s coat shine and controls excessive shedding.

Precise Pet Products veterinarian, Dr. Lisa Drapela, helped Officer Valdez choose the right formula to regulate Dasti’s digestive system—a switch for which Officer Valdez is very thankful. Spending hours in a patrol car with a smelly pup is not exactly a perk of the job.

In Officer Valdez’s own words, “Precise is a great food for active dogs. Seeing Dasti speaks for itself. He is so healthy, full of energy and ready to go do what we need to do.”

Here is a fun picture of Dasti playing in the snow!

Check out Dasti’s testimonial in our media info section, too!

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Upcoming Event: “Larger Than Leprechauns” in Albuquerque, N.M.

Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day weekend by adding a new member to your clan! The Justice Great Dane Rescue will be setting up adoptions at Boofy’s Best for Pets.

When: Saturday, March 19, 12 to 3 p.m.

Where: 8201 Golf Course Rd. NW, Albuquerque, NM  87120 (in Petroglyph Plaza at Golf Course & Paseo Del Norte)

What: The “Larger Than Leprechauns” Great Dane Adoption Event, sponsored by Precise Pet Products, will feature door and raffle prizes, opportunities to donate to the shelter and adopt a beautiful breed! The Great Danes are all from the Justice Great Dane Rescue. Precise is raffling off six pound bags of our Precise Holistic Complete Large Breed Adult formula.

Additionally, we are offering a $5 off coupon valid for a 30 lb. bag of Precise if you adopt a new friend. For those who aren’t able to adopt, if you purchase any size bag of Precise pet food at the store on the 19th, you’ll receive $3 off.

If you live near or in Albuquerque, don’t miss this! Thanks to Boofy’s Best for Pets and the Justice Great Dane Rescue for including us in this event. We hope to see you there!

Tom Ruha is the Western territory sales manager at Precise Pet, and can be reached at See a photo of Tom and his dog Mocha in our Pet Zone image gallery.

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Ask Our Vet: Calories for Cavalier King Charles Spaniels

Q: Our Cavalier King Charles Spaniel just turned one and he weighs 17 pounds. He is a big fan of your Precise dog food. Since this breed picks up weight easily, I’m wondering how many calories we should feed him per day?

A: Based on the calculations for resting metabolic rate, 240 to 250 calories per day is about right. I would use this as a guideline but also feed according to his body condition. Adult dogs should have a noticeable “waist” and you should be able to distinguish individual ribs when you feel them, but not see them. So, adjust the food quantity to give you those results.

Our on-staff veterinarian Dr. Lisa Drapela is on-hand to answer questions about your dog or cat’s health. Whether you’re wondering about the best Precise formula or just have a general health question, visit the Ask Our Vet section here on the website to connect directly with Dr. Drapela. We’ll feature some of her answers here on the blog.

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Meet the Precise Team: Tom Ruha

We make all our own dry food, in-house in the USA, by pet owning experts who take great pride in what they do. In our Meet the Precise Team series, we’ll introduce you to some of the people that make Precise Pet Products run.

You’re probably familiar with the many store photos that Tom Ruha, our western territory sales manager, posts here on The Dish. Learn more about the man behind the camera, the pet stores he works with and the very large pet his family has.

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Upcoming Event: Truckload Sale at Canine Commissary in Texas

Have you been wanting to try Precise or need to stock up? If you’re near Dallas or Plano, Texas, Canine Commissary locations are having a Truckload Sale on Precise Pet Products this month!

When: Monday, March 7 – Thursday, March 31
Where: Canine Commissary is located in Dallas and Plano, Texas. Store locations can be found on their website.
What: Precise and Precise Holistic Complete are on sale for almost the entire month of March! Specials include:
  • $3 off all Precise and Precise Holistic Complete five to 15-pound bags!
  • $5 off big bags of Precise and Precise Holistic Complete!
  • All Precise canned foods are buy one, get one free – with a two can limit on free product!

Come out to save and also register for your chance to win twelve medium bags of Precise! Additionally, click here to snag a coupon for $2 off Precise Holistic Complete Salmon and Duck 30-pound bags!

Below are some fun photos of the displays!

The Plano location built their own Precise truck! Check it out:

The Garland location also built a truck and filled it with Precise!

Watch out Dallas drivers! There are some runaway pups on this truck in the Dallas location!

Thanks to Canine Commissary for this event! We love the Precise spirit!

Jon Burkhardt is the Southern territory sales manager at Precise Pet.

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Upcoming Event: Meet The Great Dane Lady and Bull Mastiff Breeder, Linda Greeson

We are excited to provide an opportunity for breeders and pet owners to meet the Great Dane Lady, Linda Arndt, and well known Bull Mastiff Breeder, Linda Greeson!

When: Monday, March 14 at 12 p.m.

Where: Fruitland Park, Fla.

What: Linda Arndt, The Great Dane Lady and Linda Greeson, Bull Mastiff Breeder, will meet with local breeders and pet owners for an informal discussion about their practices as breeders. If you’re interested in joining the discussion, contact Ron Pierle at and be sure to put “The 2 top Lindas” in the subject line of the e-mail.

**Capacity is limited so contact ASAP. First come, first serve. RSVP is required.

Ron Pierle is the Southeast territory sales manager at Precise Pet, and can be reached at See a photo of Ron and his cat Nala in our Pet Zone image gallery.

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Upcoming Event: Bay Area Renaissance Festival Pet Fest in Tampa, Fla.

Get your costumes on and come join Precise Pet Products this weekend at the Bay Area Renaissance Festival Pet Fest in Tampa, Florida!

When: Saturday & Sunday, March 5th & 6th from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Where: 11315 N. 46th St. Tampa, Fl 33617

What: Join the Precise team at the Renaissance Festival! Come by our booth to receive product samples including our newest line, Precise Holistic Complete, which was chosen by Pet Business Magazine as a standout dog food for 2010.

Can’t wait to see you and your pet decked out in Renaissance garb! If you take pictures, don’t forget to post to our image gallery in the Pet Zone!

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Pet news roundup – 3/4/11

Here on The Dish, we’ll keep an eye on the latest news in the pet food industry. We’ll have a mix of articles, statistics, news and fun facts from a variety of pet industry sources and Twitter.

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Retailer Spotlight: Pets N’ Stuff of Lakewood, Colo.

In our Retailer Spotlight blog posts, our team will take a closer look into some of the outstanding retailers across the country that sell Precise. We love all of our retailers and the services they bring to our customers!

As a sales manager for Precise, I visit a lot of pet stores and it’s always exciting to meet a family so in-tune with the pet world that they can keep a pet store running for multiple generations. Managed by Kelly Waugh and family, Pets N’ Stuff in Lakewood, Colo. opened 16 years ago and hasn’t looked back since. Prior to Pets N’ Stuff, the Waugh family owned a pet store in Denver, Colo. back in the 1930’s and later founded Cashway Pet Supply, a wholesale distributor.

Here is a picture I took of their store on a bright, sunny day in Lakewood:

Pets N’ Stuff, a 12,000 sq. ft. full-line pet store, is filled to the brim with over 11,000 items! They consider themselves a “one stop pet supply center” – if you can’t find it there, you can’t find it in the area. We are fortunate that Precise products are included in Pets N’ Stuff’s wide selection of dog and cat food.

In addition to the mounds of items for your pets, Pets N’ Stuff also has a do-it-yourself dog wash facility. They supply everything necessary for an optimal bathing experience for any dog!

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Mailbag: PH values in cat food formulas

Each month, Marnee White, who knows Precise like the back of her hand, will answer questions we get through our customer service e-mails and phone calls.

Q: What are the PH values in the Precise cat formulas?

A: All of our formulas are 6.3 to 6.5.

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